Archives by Year: 2017

NEOMFA at AWP 2017

NEOMFA: Booth 624

Cleveland State University Poetry Center: Table 616

Whiskey Island: Table 510

Wick Poetry Center / Kent State University Press: Booth 715

University of Akron Press: Table 620

Offsite Readings

Cleveland State University Poetry Center and Rescue Press Reading
Featuring Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, James Allen Hall, Douglas Kearney, Andrea Lawlor, Jane Lewty, Sheila McMullin, Hilary Plum, Adrienne Raphel, and Zach Savich. Thursday, February 9, 2017 7-9 p.m. at The Black Squirrel


Know Your Place: Great Lakes Literary Arts Organizations on the Impact of Location: featuring Karen Schubert, Kelli Jo Ford, Janine Harrison, Lee Chilcote, and David Hassler. Thursday, February 9, 2017 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Writing in a Time of Terror and Environmental Collapse: featuring Jacqueline Kolosov, Imad Rahman, Jacob Shores-Arguello, William Wenthe, and Anne Sanow. Thursday, February 9, 2017 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Don’t Stop the Presses: On the Enduring Value of the University Press: featuring Rebecca Hazelton, Claire Kirch, Ned Stuckey-French, Mary Biddinger, and Peter Berkery. Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Stars to Steer By: Rethinking Creative Writing Curriculum for the 21st Century: featuring Cathy Day, Porter Shreve, Mary Biddinger, and Terry L. Kennedy. Friday, February 10, 2017 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Lit Youngstown Community Events: February

Wednesday, February 1: First Wednesday Reading
For the month of February, Lit Youngstown’s monthly reading series will highlight student writing, featuring essays published in CROW, Compose: A Review of Writing. The reading will be hosted by Angela Messenger, CROW editor and YSU Writing Center director. The reading series is back at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts for this event on Wed., Feb. 1, at 7:00 p.m. There will be no open mic.


Wednesday, February 1: Spring Workshops Open
On February 1, enrollment for Lit Youngtown’s Spring Workshops will open. There will be four different workshops hosted this season: Mari Alschuler on writing the journey as a metaphor; Liz Hill on writing the family story; Stacey Schneider and Lori Bodkin on editing prose; Karen Schubert on writing poetry.

The workshops will be held in various venues around the Youngstown community. Information and registration will be available on the Lit Youngstown website.

2017 NEOMFA Playwrights Festival

NEOMFA Plays 17For the sixth year, convergence-continuum continues its successful collaboration with Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Cleveland State University.

This time they will be presenting two new full-length plays by two different local MFA playwrights. Each play will be performed over the span of one weekend. The first, THE DARKNESS by Katie Wallace, Renee Schilling and Rob Daniels, will be performed Febuary 9-11. The second, SEXUAL POLITICS by Jaclyn Cifranic, will be performed February 16-18.

Tickets for Festival plays are only $10 general admission, $5 students. Further details on the plays and playwrights will be posted on convergence-continuum’s website ( and Facebook page.

These plays are the culminating work of the playwrights after undertaking three years of intensive study in the NEOMFA in Creative Writing program, a consortium of Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University.

Be part of the process. Check out what the next generation of playwrights is up to!